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Apple iPhone Water Damage

Updated on October 18, 2010

Did your iPhone or iPhone 3GS just experience water damage? If so, read on for details on what to do, how to save it, and if all else fails, how you can get a new one at the Apple store.

Recently, I completely damaged my boyfriend's iPhone. How? I did the worst possible thing and threw it into the washer.

I had no idea it was in the pockets of his robe! Somehow, he had put it there after waking up. I, trying to be a great girlfriend, decided to wash all of his clothes, even his robe. Unfortunately, for the both of us, his iPhone was in it.

So, what to do if this happens? Well, after completely panicking, we started to do a ton of research and found a lot of information about what to do.

 

Easy Steps to Follow for iPhone, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 Water Damage

Below are 12 easy steps to follow if you're iPhone has experienced water damage. Read on below for more details on each step.

  1. Do not turn it on - that means, do not touch any buttons.
  2. Do not turn it on - that means again, do not touch any buttons!
  3. Do not turn it on - again, this will cause the phone to short circuit if there is ANY amount of water in it
  4. Take it out of the case and remove the sim card.
  5. Shake out any extra water.
  6. Use a blow dryer on low heat for about 15 minutes to try to blow air through it and get rid of some of the water. Make sure it is on low heat.
  7. Shake it out again.
  8. Put it in a bag of rice, make sure it is completely covered

  9. Leave it in the rice bag for 2 -3 days if your phone was in water for less then a few minutes and 6-7 days if your phone was in water for more than that.

    Each day, take it out of the rice and use the blow dryer on low heat again for an additional 15 minutes. Then, put it back in the bag of rice.
  10. After 2-3 days you can check to see if it is still wet by shaking it a little to see if any water comes out. Sometimes, water may not come out so if you want to be sure, leave it there for 4-5 days.
  11. After you've left it in the rice bag for enough time, then try and turn it on to see if it works.

Remember: This is not foolproof, but it has worked for many people. The whole point of putting it in rice is to help it dry and remove the moisture.

What to do if you just damaged your Apple iPhone, iPhone 3GS, or iPhone 4

First, do not turn the phone back on. By instinct, I wanted to turn it on to see if it was working. However, if you do this, the phone will short circuit because you are putting electricity through it while there is still water in it. Water in an electronic device may not break the item. However, too many times, people turn on the item right after to check if it is still working. The act of turning it on causes you to put electricity through it. Before, when it was off, no electricity was running through it. By putting electricity through something that has water in it, you will cause the item to short circuit.

I repeat this a couple of times just so everyone understands. If you can dry out the item and remove the water, it just might work. The water will eventually cause the electronics inside to rust, but it may not cause the item not to work.

So, after not turning on the item, what do you do? You try to dry it out. You let it sit. Some people recommend putting the iPhone in rice. Take a large amount of rice, put it in a gallon ziploc bag, and then stick your iPhone in the middle of it. You don't have to wrap it or anything, the rice won't damage it. See the video below for an example of how you do this. Basically, the rice will help to suck the moisture out. If you try this method, change the rice each day. Another method is to apply some form of heat against the phone - whether it is your blow dryer or a small room heater. You want to run low heat air through it for 30 min. to an hour every couple of hours. This will help dry out the moisture. Your entire goal is to help remove the moisture. Until you know the moisture is completely gone, do not turn it on. Depending on the amount of water, some people have recommended waiting anywhere from 2 to 7 days.

Finally, after doing all of that, slowly turn on your phone. Surprisingly, for many people, these methods of waiting and drying out the phone completely worked. Many people online had accidentally dropped their phone in the pool, tub, sink or some other source of water. For us, none of this work since the phone had been washed and sat in water for more than 30 minutes. However, if you drop your iphone into water for only a few seconds or a minute, then, a lot of times, drying it out will cause it to work again.

Apple store policy and procedures for water damaged iPhones, iPhone 3GS, iphone 4 water damage

One other tip. If it doesn't work, or it doesn't work right, you can now get it replaced for $199 at the Apple store. Previously, they wouldn't replace it since water damage automatically voids the warranty. Yes, the 2 year or 1 year warranty you have is not safe if you get water damage. There are 4 sensors on your phone (picture examples are below) - 2 that you can't get to while opening, and the other 2 that you can see. The first one is in the small round hole on top left of the phone (the earpiece hole), and the other one is in the bottom middle that separates the connector. If you shine a light and look at either of these, the sensor will be pink if water has touched this area. Because of this pink sensor, the folks at the Apple store will not honor your warranty which is what happened to me and my boyfriend.

But, the good news for us all is that Apple has now changed its policy. If you have a water damaged iPhone (pink sensors!), Apple will now allow you to replace it for a refurbished phone for a lower cost. It's $199 for a refurbished phone and the warranty is only 90 days, but this is a huge difference between the full price of $599 or $699 contract free phone that we had to pay to replace the water damaged phone. Also, don't forget, if you've bought your phone from Best Buy or used a credit card that offers protection, you may be able to get some of your money back or get the phone replaced for free. Don't miss out on these options since you will have to pay to replace the water damaged phone.

Repair Option

If your sensors are pink and your iPhone is not working even after you've tried to dry it using the steps above, then you may want to consider sending it to a repair shop. Millieamp is a service that can potentially repair your damaged iPhone. For a small fee, they will first start out by evaluating the damage. Then, they will let you know how much they think it will be to repair. At that point it is up to you to decide if you want them to repair the phone or if you want to buy a new one. It is worth having them take a look in case they are able to repair the phone and you don't have to buy a completely new one, especially if you just bought the phone. Check out their iPhone and iPod repair services. They just might help you save a bundle.

How to protect your iPhone in the future

One way to protect your iPhone from future damage is to get a good case. iSkin makes some very durable cases, especially their solo or solo FX models. Go to the iskin store to check out other styles.

An example of putting the iphone in a rice bag

Example of pink sensor on top left of phone

It is very subtle, but notice the pink color in the hole on the iPhone on the right compared to the one on the left.
It is very subtle, but notice the pink color in the hole on the iPhone on the right compared to the one on the left.

Example of the pink sensor triggered in the bottom middle of your iPhone

It is very subtle, but the phone on the bottom shows a little pink line where the water has touched the sensor.
It is very subtle, but the phone on the bottom shows a little pink line where the water has touched the sensor.

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      Paisley 3 years ago

      So I found myself looking at this page two days ago reading all your stories and I couldn't find a comment that was the same as my situation. So here's my incident, I was taking a bath when my iPhone 4s slipped and landed at the bottom. I fished it out as quickly as possible but my heart was in my mouth. I've never felt so crap in all of my life when I saw my phone fully submerged in the water with the screen flicker then go black before I could get the phone out. It wasn't even in there a minute. Anyway I was heartbroken and immediately took the back off wiped the water away and put it straight in dried rice for about 32/34 hours. No one had mentioned their screen going black so I was convinced it would not recover once dried. I tried to turn on after the 32 hours but no luck! Gutted. Until I heard my phone on charge beginning to vibrate and make sounds. My screen was still black and I was screwing! I found a way to reset the phone which didn't work until like the twentieth time. Anyway it's all resorted now I just haven't got any service from my provider and the battery charge is a little quicker at draining. I just wanted to share this so someone like myself who appears in this situation, there is hope but I recommend act quickly about it and patience is key, it's a very lengthy process and it's safe to say i've learned my lesson. Never take it in the bathroom because like me you may only have it in your hand for a second to quickly do something and then this happens. I know having anything electronic in a bath is a no brainer but let's be honest we've all done it. I will not be doing that ever again though!

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      martinamiller 4 years ago

      Thank you for your sharing. And I usually use iPhone Data Recovery to help myself get back the data from http://www.recovery-android.com/android-video-conv... And your software looks good.And maybe both of them are great.

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      Hum 4 years ago

      its not worked for me :( i left my phone in rice for 3 days but now when i charge it, the apple sign keeps flashing but it wont turn on, any advice?

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      Crystal 4 years ago

      Um just so you know, your phone may reactivate itself. I turned my phone OFF after it fell in water, and and turned back on, by itself, with out me even touching it. If your phone was submerged in water, you will most likely have water damage to particular parts inside the phone. ie. the logic board (which basically makes everything work, like the IOS etc) could be damaged. The battery could be damaged. ANYTHING could be damaged. The bag of rice and blow dryer thing is potentially a waste of time, especially if your phone doesn't work after you've gone through that process.

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      Futamarka 4 years ago

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      Kalal0kibad 4 years ago

      The initial water damage from a flood is just the first step in what could become an even larger disaster. With every second that water is left on the property mold is gaining a stronger foothold. Floors and walls can only take so much saturation, and it won’t be long before they are deemed too unstable to continue to support the building. You must act quickly while water damage recovery is still an option.

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      Kalal0kibad 4 years ago

      The initial water damage from a flood is just the first step in what could become an even larger disaster. With every second that water is left on the property mold is gaining a stronger foothold. Floors and walls can only take so much saturation, and it won’t be long before they are deemed too unstable to continue to support the building. You must act quickly while water damage recovery is still an option.

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      nini3423 4 years ago

      does it have to be 2-3 days? i really need it by 2morrow not much water gone into it.

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      Tonny 5 years ago

      I forgot my iphone 4 in my bathing suit pocket yesterday and went for a swim in the sea :D I got out after just a minute and then tried to turn it on after 2 hours. It wouldn't. When I got home I read this and put it in rice. I was impatient and tried to turn it on again today. It still wouldn't, so I looked for a way to open it and I found one by looking for a way to replace the battery. Inside it was still wet as if I had just submerged it. I dried it with a hair dryer at low temperature and thought it'd be ok, but it wasn't, so I plugged it in and it turned on. The screen was a bit weird but it worked. When I unplugged it, it died, so I think it's the battery. Anyway I'll try again tomorrow but I think I might have to change it. I once had dropped an old phone in the toilet and I only had to change the battery then.

      To anyone that has a similar problem I recommend you open up the phone. I used a kitchen knife for the tiny screws on the bottom, it's quite easy but if you are patient and don't mind that your iphone is probably corroding as you read this, you could just leave it in rice and wait :P

      Best of luck.

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      Emma 5 years ago

      Oak I have a problem, today while doing my nails I dropped acetone on it which is pure acid I think, I immediately dried it and then removed the sim card , then I shut it down because it wouldn't shut down before and now I left it in a bag of rice for about three hours, and then got it out to see if it was working, it was working but it had a dark spot on the screen I checked if it was charging and it was the speakers weren't working but the earphones were, so I decided to leave it a little bit more in the bag, and I get it out in about one hour the speakers are working perfectly and everything else is but the screen is so dark I can barely see the apple when I open it up, and now I put it back in the bag of rice, what else can I do ???

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      JWKU32 5 years ago

      My phone went under water for less than 2 seconds last night. I immediately dried it off with a towel, and then within 20 minutes had it in rice. However, I didn't realize until now that the sim card was supposed to come out before putting it in the rice. Is this going to be an issue? It has already been in there 12 hours, and I'm at work now, so it will be in there at least another 4-5. Do I need to get the phone out of the rice and get the sim card out or just leave it in for the 24-48 hours and not worry about the fact that the sim card is in there? Please advise.

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      JDIZM 5 years ago

      sweet hub. Neverwet is the stuff for stopping water damage!

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      Mackenzie 5 years ago

      I dropped my phone in a pond earlier and it was in there for a few minutes, most likely under 5. I kept it on and put it in a bag of rice. Later when i checked on it my phone was off, which scares me since i didn't turn it off. I still have it in the rice, but im scared it wont work.

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      rebadiva 5 years ago

      I was trying to take a pic of my 8 month old in the tub when he bumshuffled and slipped into the water. I sat up from kneeling and my iphone fell into the tub. I removed sim card, used blowdryer, air can and there was still the light from the camera that was flickering onand off. I put the phone into a bag of rice. It has been 2 days now and I decided to check it out....nothing happened. :( So I decided to put it in panty hose and then into the rice b/c there was rice grains int he sim slot. Just another tip that I thought I'd share....use pantyhose.

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      jasontoheal 5 years ago

      love it, thanks for sharing these tips.

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      andrea 5 years ago

      I dropped my phone in the pool and immediately put it in a bag with rice to dry it out. It just started buzzing though and won't stop. I'm afraid to try to turn it on, what should I do?

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      maya 5 years ago

      my 18 month old son had my phone so he can watch a video while i gave my 2 1/2 yr old son a bath, as i stepped out of the bathroom for a little bit my 18 month old goes in there with my phone and submerged it in the bucket of water. i tried shaking the water out and my husband used the blow dryer to dry it out for a good 10 minutes and was reading the advice of putting it in a bag of rice. now i'm just waiting and hoping that my phone will work again. i'm so very sad right now!

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      Meatball problems 5 years ago

      So my iPhone 4 got wet somehow while I was at PE summer school. My phone had a crack in it down the right screen but didn't like spiderweb crack. When I went to get my phone from my backPack, the light (flash) on the back was on and the camera had condensation in it, no visible water but like bubbles I guess. So I tried turning it on. Nothing. Hitting the home button. Nothing. So I was just like fine u know what I'll wait til after school since I leave at 12 (start at 7:30 :P). So I checked on my phone at break and the light was now dead. Great. So right afterschool I ran home and put my phone in a large can of uncooked rice. The next day my dad took it to apple but they said there's no wau we can fix it. So my dad said well she needs a new phone so what can I do? They made him buy a 50$ case and gave him a free iPhone 4 ( same as the one damaged) so I guess it's a good deal but the rumor that you get a free new iPhone that's the newest one isnt true. I have had water damage to another iPhone 4 and it worked just fine, but this phone with the crack wouldn't come on. Oh well at least I got a phone. Good luck to any of you.

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      Stinker1017 5 years ago

      I normally put my phone in my bra. Well yesterday I was going swimming and had done that. I got settled in at the pool and jumped in. I immanently got and dried it off, I hen tried turning it on. My mom looked up on the web what to do when your iphone has been water damage. I went home and put it in a freezer bag filled with minute rice. It has been about 21 hours since, during this time I took it out of the bag and I tried turning it on. It came on, but it can't find the service and had an black error screen. Will my IPhone still work? Please help me. My phone is my baby and I feel awful for allowing this to happen :0(

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      Ashwini Kothari 5 years ago

      Right so my daughter dropped water on my iPhone 4s. I switched it off immidiately put it in a rice bag overnight. The next morning I switched it on and it was fine except the screen had some water droplets inside. I let it be for a few more hours and water has been evaporating consistently, however it is now 5 days and still the screen has water inside although everything else on the phone is working perfectly. Please guide on what to do.

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      Gaby 5 years ago

      I dropped my phone in the toilet 4 hours ago, i inmediatly grabbed it, so it was barely 2 seconds inside the toilet. as soon as i picked it up i took out the sim card, took the little water that was there and used a hand dryer to help bring out all the water it has... the phone was on when i dropped it and when i picked it up it went black...after a while i clicked on one of the buttons and the apple came out and my phone came back to life... i still can see a little humidity in the camara but i shake the phone and it doesnt sound like it has anything... should i still put it in a bowl of rice tonight or when i get out of work?... btw i turned it off and its been off since it came back to life..

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      Tahlia 5 years ago

      My last iphone got ruined when i fell asleep drunk, had my phone in my pocket and wet the bed... Now i have a new phone and a new bed. Well thats what insurance is for i guess

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      Madie 5 years ago

      I dropped my phone in the toilet and it was vibrating. It did for a long time then stopped. It would make a faint bubble noise. I opened it and let it air out. What will happen!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      moy 5 years ago

      omgsh i cant believe leaving it in rice actually works im sooo happy. my fone fell in beach in dubai and it turned off and wouldnt come bk on anymore. I took it to 2 fone repair shops and they said basically it was dead, one guy even said just put it on display in ur showcase now. After 3mnths i was looking around on net now thinking wat to do wen i came across a few posts saying to leave it in rice and thats what i did after wrapping my fone in cling film, i left it in a tub of uncoocked rice for a few hours and then plugged it into my laptop with usb and jeeez its come on, im so pleasenty surprised :)

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      jaimee 5 years ago

      If you did turn the phone on and the symbol showing to connect it to itunes appears is the rice still good to do or should I give up since i turned it on?

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      cory 5 years ago

      I had my iPhone in my back pocket while getting onto my boat. The boat was about to hit the dock so i jumped in to save it but my phone barley touched water. only the top part of it did. my flash will not turn off even if my phone is off. the lock button started to not work also. i put it in a bag of rice last night and it's been in there ever since. i blew dry it a couple of times and the flash keeps going on and off randomly. will the flash ever turn off or wear out the whole phone/battery?

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      daniel 5 years ago

      i have the same problem as jimmy above. does anybody have any idea why this is happening.

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      shabadoo 5 years ago

      If your basement was full of water, would you fill it with rice? No. Jamming a bunch of grain into an electronic device will not help you.

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      Ecathyrn 5 years ago

      HELP I got my iPhone in February and about a month ago I dropped it in water I finally went to Verizon because my speakers were not working, they said I had water damage. I dropped my phone in the tud for a few seconds the otter box was on and the phone worked fine but I called my friend and it was all muffled I want to know if the rice trick would still work a month after I dropped it in water please help I want to listen to music!!!!!

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      jjgreen78 5 years ago

      I dropped my iphone in the toilet. Not knowing any better I make a couple calls, some texts and tried to use my ipod for awhile. Then it went blank. Then when I got home I looked online for what to do. Yes now I have seen that I shouldn't have tried to use it. I have had it in rice for 2 days. I have tried to turn it on and plug it in. The Apple sign just keeps coming on and going off. It also said "Activation Required" and then shut down again.

      Is it recoverable still? I have put it back in the rice. Do I just have to wait longer? Will it be fixable by an apple tech if I send it in?

      Please help....

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      jimmy 5 years ago

      Last weekend I dropped my phone in the water in a resort. Like many people my first response was to try to turn it on after shaking the water out, silly! I could not do anything until I came back from the resort and found this website. Put in rice w/ in a tight-cover plastic container last Sunday for a week. Yesterday (Sunday) checked it, It can boot on the wall charger to the password page and shows 100% charged. After inputting the password it asks to connect to iTunes. However, as soon as I unplug from wall it becomes dead. Plugging to computer will not turn it on. When trying to turn it on it will first show charging sign for 2-5 seconds then goes to the Apple logo for about 10 seconds then turn off. Why is it that plugging to wall is different from plugging to computer? Don't know if the battery is bad or the charge circuit or the battery sensor (is there a sensor? It shows 100% charged but does not seem so. It was about half charged when the incident happened)? Any body has this experience? Thanks a bunch!

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      I just washed my daughters iPhone in the washing machine. It was in an otter box and the battery was completely dead at the time of "the incident". My husband tried to turn it on before we put it in the rice, but since the battery was dead, do you still think it stands a chance of recovery?

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      Nicholas 5 years ago

      This is Nicholas from Elekleader CO. Ltd which is specialized in selling the spare parts of iPhone,iPad and iPod with high quality & very competitive price for several years all over the world.

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      Rachelle 5 years ago

      Another success with the rice trick. Thanks heaps - I was fearing paying a lot of money for another new iphone 4 until my husband found this.

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      Siva 5 years ago

      Hi, I dropped my iphone in toilet pot while i was cleaning it,I only realized my mistake when my phone started ringing and it was my girlfriend and since I had no other option I took it out washed it and tried to answer but no luck,so I kept it outside in the sun and searched on google and voila I came to your blog and did most of the stuff that has been said in here, except for the rice bag.

      Still waiting for my phone to work normally,I hope it does and thanks guys for all the info.

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      Rebecca 5 years ago

      today I dropped my iphone 4s in the lake, I was playing with the dog and my phone fell out of my pocket, in the water.It was in the water for like 5 seconds, and the screen was all black when i picked it up. I puched ALL buttons but nothing happened, the flash is on though and the phone is vibrating when I'm pushing the "lock-button"

      I used the hair dryer and now it's in a bag of rice. I have a very bad patience and I wanna see if the phone is working like right now, I'm sooooo addicted to my iphone.. dont know what to do

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      Kelly 5 years ago

      I dropped my iphone in my purse and my water bottle had spilled some. I immediately took it out of the case and dried it off with napkins. The iphone is still on and in a bag of rice. Should I turn the iphone off or will that short it? I may try the hair dryer on low tomorrow. I think the sensors may be pink but I can't really tell. Please help I am so upset because I don't have insurance on my iphone4.

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      iPhone4s 5 years ago

      I just dropped mine in the water. It still works. The only thing that was ruined was the speaker where the music comes out of. I can't hear my music and people can't her me. Do you guys think I can get a new one without telling them It got wet? Please help.

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      eacmae 5 years ago

      Thank you dabbler for sharing these tips.

      It really worked to my iphone 4s

      All you guys need is patience and a leap of faith.

      Do not go for a shortcut, follow the 3 day rule.

      Now I am happy, and I would like to share this testimony.

      A million thanks dabbler.

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      eliza 5 years ago

      hey everyone i just wanted to share my story to give you all some hope about your phones.

      i dropped my phone in the toilet (thank god the water was clean!) Wednesday morning. my phone was on when it dropped, it was probably in there for 5 seconds or a little bit more but no more than 10 seconds. instinctively i pressed the buttons to see if everything was still working, and it was, though i could already see water marks on my screen. this has never happened to me so i didn't know about the rice trick yet but instead i just shook my phone to get as much water out as possible. my boyfriend told me about the rice trick, luckily we had spare that period and i was able to go home and submerge it in rice, by that time the touch screen had become unresponsive so i wasn't able to turn it off. i left it on in the rice. i've only had my 4s for 2 months now and i paid the whole 800$ for it so i wanted to try everything possible to bring it back to life. while at school i searched online and found this site. as soon as i got home i checked to see if it was still on and it was, the touch screen though have become responsive again and i was able to turn it on. then i did the hair dryer trick. after the hair dryer i would put it back in the rice. i live in canada, it's still cold here so our heater is still on. so i took my phone out and stood it up on my heater vent while the heater was on, when it would turn off i would put it back in the rice. i left it in the rice, turned off, the whole night. Thursday morning i checked it first thing. the previous night there was huge water marks on my screen but after leaving it over night the water mark have lessened quite a bit.i checked my phone and most of the functions was working. the only thing that wasn't was the front facing camera and the mic. i put it back in the rice for the day while i went to school. after school i went back home to check on my phone and both back and front cameras are now both working YAAAY!, but the mic still wasn't. everything else is working perfectly except for the mic. so i left it in the rice again and did the hair dryer and heater trick for one more night. this morning (friday) i took it out and all the water marks on my screen are COMPLETELY GONE! DOUBLE YAAAY! the mic is now working but is very quiet, but people can hear me now. i put it back in the rice and hoping that it will fix the mic which i think it will because it went from completely nothing to sounds just a little muffled. so everyone don't lose hope! the rice trick is a miracle worker. just keep trying different things and have patience. and also remember its different for different people. mine may have only taken 2 days but others may take a week or two. just be patient and dont loose hope.

      BIG THANKS TO DABBLER FOR THESE TIPS !

      good luck everyone!!

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      rose 5 years ago

      okay now i look at my phone and its black, and i dont want to press any buttons, shoiuld i? ive done the hairdryer thing. should i see if it turns on or plug it in?????? someone!!!!

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      rose 5 years ago

      Hey i hope i can get some help!

      About 2 hours ago i dropped my phone in the toilet, i pulled it out as quick as i can and put it in rice straight away. It was on when i put it in the rice, cause i didnt think about turning it off. Now it is lit up with the apple, but thats it. its not doing anything else help!?

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      cheryl 5 years ago

      my son dropped his iphone in the toilet, he retrived it quickly, however the screen is dark but we can still fainlty see it, just no brightness. it is still working texts are coming through. We do have it in rice, should I try to power it down and remove the sim card? I would like to try the blow dryer idea but I am aprehensive to do anything because it is still on.

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      lynn 5 years ago

      hi i dropped my phone i toilet this morning and the phoe is working but the home key is broke ive booked an appointmet for genius bar later in apple shop will they replace it?? and what should i do

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      Aubs 5 years ago

      Okay, so, today I dropped my iPhone 4 into the toilet. It was there maybe 2 seconds. The screen was still on while in the water, but, the moment I pulled it out, it went black. My iPhone still made noises, but I could see nothing. I dried removed the SIM card and its' tray, took a blow dryer to the phone body, the put everything in a sealed box of brown rice. Anything else? I've only had this phone like 2 weeks, and I'm hoping it'll work. I have no insurance, so anyone know what the price of a new (or refurbished?) one would be from AT&T? Thanks in advance!!

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      shahirslmn87 5 years ago

      Any small or big damage to your iPhone, Apple is asking you to through it away and buy a new one.

      That's why we have to blog about the remedies our own.

      There are some who don't like this smugness of Apple.

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      aggie 5 years ago

      hi just wondering i spilt zoflora cleaning solution on my phone i my phone has shut of so as soon as i noticed i flicked most of the liquid out then dried it on a low heat from the hairdryer , i put it on charge for a couple of mins nothing happened , i put it in a bag of rice for two days then took it and put it on charge i heard the little bleep that it makes when starting, but the apple icon did not appear i also tried conecting it to the computer but itunes did not pick it up i have put it back in the rice for a little longer , i was wondering does anyone know if it will come on again or did the beep mean it has shorted it

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      Everyday Green 5 years ago from Michigan

      This is a great post. I know several people who have, in one way or another, damaged their phones with water (dropping it in the toilet, in the sink, in a water balloon fight, etc.) Now I've found a new prodcut that might just take care of this problem for good, it's called liquipel and you can read more about it here http://everydaygreen.hubpages.com/hub/The-Best-Cas...

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      Vicky 5 years ago

      On Wednesday night my iphone 4s fell out of my back pocket into the toilet (fortunately there was fresh water in the toilet bowl!). Everything seemed to go into slow motion after I heard the splash and I tried to get my head round what had happened. I'm almost sure the screen was still on while my phone was in the water. It must have only been in the toilet bowl for about 10 seconds before I pulled it out. The screen went black and instinctively (and stupidly) I frantically pressed the buttons to see if it would work. Nothing...

      I remembered reading somewhere about placing a water damaged phone in a bag of rice. I found a sandwich bag, put my iphone in it and filled it with rice, then put it near the boiler under some towels, hoping the warmth would help to dry it out.

      I then found this website and, following the advice, went back to my phone and took the sim card out. I also used the vacuum to try to suck out some of the excess water and used my hairdryer on a low heat to blow some warm air into my phone. I then placed it back into the bag of rice next to the boiler.

      The following day I was eager (and impatient) to see whether the rice had done the trick. I tried to turn my phone on, but nothing happened, so I put it back in the rice and decided to leave it for a couple of days. Every now and then I would use the hair dryer on a low heat to blow warm air into my phone.

      Today (Sunday) I tried to turn my phone on, but still nothing happened. I was starting to feel disheartened, so I decided to open my phone up. It looked to be dry inside. However, there looked to be a mark on what I think is the battery connector. I was fairly sure that this was a sign that it had burnt out.

      I tried cleaning inside with a cotton bud and I used the hairdryer to blow some warm air inside my phone, then put it back together.

      I decided to have a go at connecting my phone to my computer. I opened iTunes and connected my phone, but nothing happened. I selected 'Run Diagnostics' in the Help menu and was informed that my iphone could not be found. By this time, I was getting really disheartened.

      I left my phone plugged into my computer, and searched for any more advice online. After about 5 minutes my computer made the sound it makes when it recognises that a device is connected and my phone vibrated. With bated breath, I checked iTunes and noticed that it had recognised my iphone. The battery indicator on iTunes showed very little battery power. I managed to transfer my recent purchases to my iTunes library while my phone was still connected and seemed to be charging.

      When I pressed the buttons on my phone, the Siri assistant randomly started telling me the date and time, whcih I thought was unusual. The screen was still black, although I was able to slide my finger across the screen to get some response from the Siri assistant (again usually the date or time or informing me that the phone was locked).

      I decided to restore my iphone using iTunes. The process seemed to be carried out smoothly enough, but the screen on my phone was still black and the Siri assistant seemed to take delight in telling me the date and time and that my phone had restored successfully.

      I have now found a ziploc bag and have filled it with rice, put my phone in it and am going to leave it near the boiler again for another couple of days and see if there is any progress. Fingers crossed...

      Has anyone else had a similar experience with the iphone 4s and the Siri assistant?

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      Omar 5 years ago

      Hey The same exact thing just happened to me and im worried but i did put it in rice for about a day then blow dried it a little but it didn't work. Should i leave it in rice longer and how long should i blow dry it? i would really appreciate it

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      caroline 5 years ago

      i did not drop my phone in any water, my iphone4 was working perfectly fine and out of the blue powered off completely...it is now the 3rd day and my husband just returned from the apple store, where they told him that the charger might have had water in it before the last charging period! i have tried to turn it on several times already though not knowing that it was water damage...i do get the itunes icon and charger screen and will slide only to make an emergency call...is there still hope to save it and my biggest worry are my pictures at this point, can they be saved????

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      J. 5 years ago

      I submerged my iPhone 4 in the toilet for about 3 seconds last Monday. As soon as it happened I shut it off, dryed it with a towel and ran into the kitchen. I grabbed a ziplock bag and filled it with rice. When I placed the phone in the rice it turned on again by itself and wouldn't let me shut it off. It then shut itself off and kept trying to reboot. The apple logo appeared and shut off about 300 times then finally died at one point in the night after I fell asleep. Its going onto 4 days now that it has been sitting in rice. Initially there were bubbles in the back camera lens and that was gone after about 18 hours of being in the rice. The water sensor in the earphone jack was tripped on the first day, then I examined it last night and its white again. So weird. I'm optomistic about it. Rice has worked for me in the past. Not going to take it out and plug it in till Sunday night. Give it 6.5 days to dry out just incase. It's apple. It'll be fine.

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      tashi kamsar 5 years ago

      a red light signal is on just next to my ear piece what is the signal meant for plz any one

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      Leonidas 5 years ago

      Yesterday we were having a dinner with friends at a local restaurant and chocolate syrup or melted ice cream fell to the speaker of my Iphone 4S. I Cleaned it as soon as i saw it but the speaker is damaged . I can hear the voice of the person i am talking to but like he is far away... Any Tips? i have cleaned the speaker from the outside ... Should i use the hairdryer and the trick with the rise ?

      Leonidasm91@gmail.com

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      Selotapers:" 5 years ago

      Well yesterday my brand new iPhone 3GS got water dropped on it when it was turned on, I panicked and pressed buttons to see if it still worked as I now relies I shouldn't have done! Anyway I left it after I had wiped it down and went to plug it in to charge... Again I did the complete opposite of the right thing! I plugged it in then took it out again and it charged fine but when it was unplugged it continuously said "charging is not supported with this accessory" I left it again after that and switched it off. The next day I turned it back on a again and the home button (the bottom middle one) was not working I left it on some paper and I tiny bit of water dripped out that button but it still didn't work :( after reading this comments I have now left it in a bowl of rice under a hot lamp.. How long should I leave it there? Will it ever work again? What should I do ? HELP MEE:'(

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      Rui F 5 years ago

      Hey everyone. Just felt like sharing my story too so i could help give hope to the other clumsy folks like me.

      First of all THANK YOU dabbler for going to the bother of writing these very useful "how-to's". Not only they can be "life-saving" for someone who like me has a part of his life on the phone (and no money to keep buying more of that stuff)but as I bet you realized by now, this thread of yours turned into some kind of confessionary where ppl come to express their worries and later, their happiness (hopefully ;) ).

      Well long story short, iphone fell in full bathtub, took it out right away and turned it off, dryed it with a towel and stuck it in a jar filled with rice (im real clumsy, not my first time drowning electronics, so i knew what to do, that far).

      - Left it there and came online on the computer to search for what other ppl do/did on such a situation, and found your blog; read what the ppl wrote here was got full of hope that my phone would make it too...

      - However - and this is *** important *** I did saw somewhere an hint to a better solution: silica beads!! - so after spending the hole day in rice, at night of the first day i took my phone out, blow dried it for some minutes, and placed it in a locked bag with the content of one of those little bags of silica that come with some electronics or bags and we usually toss in the trash, you know?

      Left it there all night, and the next morning i placed that bag on the window, so it could catch some sun for some hours. That same night (second day) i blow dried it a little more, checked everything for moisture signs, but didnt found any, so i decided to try and turn it on... and voilá, working like a charm, good as new.

      Thats it, just wanted to share my story too, so everyone who comes here on the same stress i was can have hope - that helps too, because you MUST resist the urge to turn the phone on or touching buttons in any way while it isnt completely dry out.

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      Ryank 5 years ago

      Dropped my iphone 3gs in toilet today, i dried it off right away but then left it on for about an hour, it recieved many texts, none of which did i answer.

      The only problem i noticed was the volume button seemed to have a mind of its own..

      About an hour after everything i turned it off with no problem, i blow dried it, took sim card and sim card tray out, and vaccumed the phone as best i could.

      It is in a bag of rice now, how long would you recommend i leave the phone in the rice bag.

      Keep in mind the iphone 3gs was submerged in the water

      for 2 seconds tops, i removed it very quickly.

      Any help is greatly appreciated thank you so much

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      Mash 5 years ago

      Your tip worked thanks a ton.

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      Alexander 5 years ago

      Dropped my iphone in the toilet for like seconds, it was still on but i quickly turned it off and blow dried it, i tried turning it on but that failed so now its in rice, should i do anything else?

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      iphone user 5 years ago

      Thanks for all the suggestions.. I dropped my phone in the toilet from my pocket as I was leaving the restroom. In shock I quickly pulled my phone out. Tried to empty the water. It was working but I saw an error message. Arriving home I learned about submerging in rice. I stuck it in a ziploc with some italian rice for 2 days in the oven (I read somewhere about turning on the light for a little warmth). In the first few hours I learned that I hadn't turned off the phone and should take out the SIM card. Did both. Tried turning it on and it worked- speakers were the issue prior to repairing and are working well now. Thanks for all the advice!!

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      LondonIdiot 5 years ago

      Hello, I really appreciate your help on my iphone matter. I guess everyones story is a little different but I fear mine is the most stupid so far. I was out for the night on Friday, and dropped my phone in the toilet out of my back pocket (for 2 seconds) as we were miles from my house my boyfriend put it his gloves and into his pocket - it stayed there for the night. A few drinks unfortunately softened the blow and I wasn't as worried as I am now!

      Saturday morning, I SHOULD have checked the internet for what to do but was in a hurry to go away until Sunday. I tried to turn it on, at this point it told me to plug it into iTunes, and it tried to restore itself. I got through my messages (screen was dark) but I felt abit more hopeful! I left it in my bedroom near the radiator hoping for it to come back to life over weekend. Sunday night arrived home - put my phone on charge and screen was dark but working, plugged into iTunes (as it said on the screen) got through my messages - sent one to test it - it worked, and I thought it must have fixed itself.

      When I woke up this morning (Monday) I had a nagging fear I should have done something more about it over the weekend, and found your website. So, it has been in rice since 8am this morning, but before the rice I had already tried to restore in iTunes - getting Error 29. I have an appointment at Apple on Wednesday and will leave it in rice until then. You mention a lot about the short circuiting (which I fear I may have done) but I wanted to ask you if I could find out if I had already done the damage?

      I sound like I didn't care much about my iPhone - truth is I cannot live without it! I had one stolen from my pocket 6 months ago, and as I had no insurance had to buy one from eBay for £200. Then my screen smashed and I paid £50 to get it repaired - now this. Do you think there is hope for my lovely iPhone? Thanks for your help x

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      Jane 5 years ago

      What a resourceful article. I’ve also come across these iLoc Cases that help prevent water and sand damage. Their great for around the pool beach and for things like camping. I got a batch of five for my friends and family for just a couple bucks. Try it out at http://www.ilocstore.com

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      Alan 5 years ago

      This is late, sorry. My iphone dropped in the goddamn toilet for a few seconds an hour ago, tried to turn it on with no use, the LED flash light is on and i can't turn it of, i'm going to put it in rice for a week, hope it works :/

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      Jum 5 years ago

      Hey I went to beach yesterday! absentmindedly went in the water and my Iphone was in my pocket! Just in time, within few seconds, I realized its in there.Took out of the pocket and was trying to turn it off.It vibrated for sometime,while the screen was black,meaning displaying nothing.I tried to press the home button.It was still blank.I kept it in my bag and checked it after a while it was hot.It cooled down after some time.As soon as I came home i tried to dried it with hairdryer.And then put it into a rice bag.Hope it works.Wish me luck.I would be glad if any advice is given.Thanks

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      Jum 5 years ago

      Hey I went to beach yesterday! absentmindedly went in the water and my Iphone was in my pocket! Just in time, within few seconds, I realized its in there.Took out of the pocket and was trying to turn it off.It vibrated for sometime,while the screen was black,meaning displaying nothing.I tried to press the home button.It was still blank.I kept it in my bag and checked it after a while it was hot.It cooled down after some time.As soon as I came home i tried to dried it with hairdryer.And then put it into a rice bag.Hope it works.Wish me luck.I would be glad if any advice is given.Thanks

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      Syahh 5 years ago

      i've got a problem. my problem is that my iphone has no volume(except when someone calls me or i pluuged in my earpiece or headset) i dont think water caused the problem because i've been indoors and it was working perfectly. but i took a bath, leaving my phone on the desk. after i finishing bathing i grabbed my phone from the side with mmy hands dried. afterwards i left it alone somewhere dry. when i took my phone and wanting to text someone, i noticed, the phone did not make any sounds. it wasnt on silent. after i open an alarm app. it says no volume available or something like that. so right now im not sure whats the best solution. will you help me out? im 16 and i've got no idea wat to do. getting a new phone will be troublesome as i have no cash. so please reply ASAP. Thanks

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      tim 5 years ago

      just put mine in a bag of rice ...totally freaked out hope for the best!!!!

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      tim 5 years ago

      just put mine in a bag of rice ...totally freaked out hope for the best!!!!

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      Alexandra 5 years ago

      Thank you for helping me resolve (hopefully) my iPhone dropped in the toilet (clean) dilemma.

      After reading the initial posts from this stream, I shook the water out, blow dryed it, sucked the air out using a vacuum cleaner nozzle, and then I placed it in a rice bag for three days.

      I plugged it in and voila, the apps appeared once again. Success!

      Today, the 2nd day of operation, resulted in the phone not responding after being in sleep mode overnight. After I plugged it in, it was fine and back to normal. I am still concerned about its ability to remain functional so tomorrow I plan to take a look inside the phone and see what corrosion has occurred and if any moisture remains.

      I learned a few lessons - never put my iPhone in my back pocket - ever; get a pentalobe screw driver so that I can remove the battery, and prayers to St. Jude (patron saint of lost causes) can work!

      A big thank you to all who have written down their tips, travails, and most importantly, answers and solutions!

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      hiit 5 years ago

      Fantastic hub, looking forward to come back and be fascinted by your posts. Thank you.

      Ron from http://www.intervalstraining.net

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      Liz 5 years ago

      I am freaking out!

      Yesterday evening I dropped my phone in the toilet :'( !!!! It was switched on at the time. I grabbed it out straight away (less than 10 seconds) but it was fully submerged. I shook out all the water, and also held a vacuum cleaner up to the charging hole to suck out the water, I had pressed snooze on my alarm and the alarm went off just after I fished it out, so I know the sound is working, however the screen was completely blank. I turned my phone off and put it in a bag of rice within a few minutes of it happening. I have had the phone for only a month, and it is a 3 year plan. I am going to leave it switched off for a few days, and use the hairdryer on it for a few minutes every day too. My phone is not insured, so I don't know what I am gonna do if my rice plan/ hair dryer plan does not work.

      Does the fact that it was switched on at the time, and the fact that the screen wasn't working initially make it seem very unlikely that it will work?

      :'( HELP!

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      Dan E 5 years ago

      Bag o'rice is just a miracle!!! A little over 24 hrs in rice + 15 min session with hair dryer and it came back to life... Only thing not working is the flash led light for the camera... But no big deal I could not care less as everything else phone calls, texts, emails, photos (wo/flash), speakers, headset... etc works just fine...

      Again many thanks for the rice tip!!!

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      Dan E 5 years ago

      I dropped my iPhone in a sewer... Thanks for the post just started the 3 to 4 days of rice and waiting in agony...

      Ode to My iPhone - By Daniel E.

      I love my iPhone, it is so cool

      I would never drop it in a pool

      But out of carelessness my good friend

      In a pool of shit you found your end

      My heart stood still as I freaked at the spectacle

      I stuck my hand in that crap, and what came out was a tentacle

      I dried you and cleaned you, again very nice

      And now my hopes rest in a bag of rice

      With you I could text all of the time

      And your apps and features were just sublime

      I guess what I am trying to say, without sounding fake

      Is that I have a 2 year contract so you better not fucking break

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      LyndaLou 5 years ago

      My daughter is away at school. I got a frantic text this morning that she had dropped her phone in the sink. Don't know how much water was involved. The phone was and is still on, working but she says the speakers don't seem to be working.

      I told her about the rice, blow dryer, and putting it in front of a fan. Any other thoughts?

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      Ice 5 years ago

      hi, i drop my iphone4 in the loo i get it up immediately and i see the screen slowly blackout. i tried to use my car air-con to blow it as i was outside. after that went home put in rice box for 2 days already and it still cannot on. pls advise what should i do?

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      Anna 6 years ago

      My boyfriend bought me the new iphone4, and i dropped it in the toilet. i took it out right after it happened. i turned it on and checked all my apps and everything and i called my boyfriend, at this time everything worked. then the sound stopped working and then it wouldnt turn on anymore. So i just put it in rice, but i can see that it keeps turning on inside the bag of rice... should i keep opening the bag of rice and keep turning it off.. or should i leave it in there and not touch it?

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      Kristie 6 years ago

      OMG LIFE SAVERS!!!

      I dropped my I phone 4 in the toilet (yes I know freaking GROSS).

      Got it out dried it off as much as I could and of course im a girl so Im like well I dried it off and it seems to be working fine so its fine. My boyfriend still told me to turn it off and put it in rice.... Well I didnt have rice with me at work I work at a hospital. So I dried it as much as I could and put it in a container of oats. Then I just had to see how it was doing when I got home so I turned it on seemed to work ok but the speakers wernt working. So again turned it off and left it in a bowl of rice over night by a fan. Turned it on in the morning and speakers still wernt working UGH I was mad at this point. I put in my head phones and YAY it worked but really do I wanna use head phones all the time UGH..... So I put it in a bag a rice and took it out at work and messed with it for about an hour trying to get it out of being stuck in headphone mode (not a good move if you ask me) then out of no where I get a call from my boyfriend and the speaker is working just fine AND it is not out of headphone mode. YAY KUDOS TO THE RICE TRICK!!!!

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      Punk 6 years ago

      Thanks very much i kept my Iphone in a bowl of rice for 5 hours it is working like before

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      Malik Dilshad 6 years ago from Faisalabad

      my iphone 4g drop in water its condition very bad now,

      its lcd display half.

      activate iphone

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      Andy 6 years ago

      Hi. My iPhone managed to get condensation between it and the case it was in.

      It works fine except it doesn't charge at all and says "the accessory is not recognised".

      It's in a bag of rice at the mo, and will try the hair dryer etc.

      But has anyone else heard of it not charging but working fine?

      Cheers

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      Marisa 6 years ago

      I dropped my iphone 4 in the toilet today . I was shaking...I shook ot to get out some water, then put it in a bowl of rice. I then managed to get hold of silica gel and its in an airtight container . I also used the hair dryer for 10 mins or so. Would you suggest the silica gel or the rice ?

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      Annie 6 years ago

      My iphone 4 got dropped in the toilet bowl a week ago on sunday, it was in there for less then 5 seconds. I was out at a club, so i stuck it under the hand dryer for about half an hour, and being slightly intoxicated didnt think anything of continuously trying to turn it back on. Once it died completely, i raced home, googled and became distraught thinking i'd short-circuited it. In a last hope i removed the sim card and put in in a tupperware container with plenty of rice. I kept it in there for 5 days only taking it out to dry it with a hair-dryer. The only water I could see in it was in the camera lense. I took it out today, charged it up and restored it and miraculously it completely fine, except the cameras super slow! But oh well, saves me getting a new one.

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      Craig 6 years ago

      My phone spent about 5 seconds under water in a fresh water lake. I tried to turn it on but it didn't work so I took the sim out and put it in the sun. The only moisture I could see was in the camera lense area & now it's gone. I then read this post and put the phone in a bag of rice. Did I screw up by putting it in the sun for maybe an hour? It seemed to dry things out although it did get kinda hot. Also since I tried to turn it on is it likely I damaged it even though nothing happened when I tried?

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      jack 6 years ago

      i was just informed that i am receiving a refurbished iPhone 4 for FREE after bricking my first one. since i had never had any issues, they give a one time grace period and you still keep your original warranty. BO. YA.

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      Linda 6 years ago

      I dropped my iphone 4 in the toilet this friday night and I tried to dry it there but it didn't work at all, at saturday I put it in a bag of rice (I removed the sim-card ofc) and today, 2 days later I charged it and it worked just fine! :D thank you so much!

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      kyawlinnyein 6 years ago from Myanmar

      My iphone 3GS is sink into the water about 40~45 minutes and it's show same error message as above you showed. I dried it with dryer nearly 20 minutes and My display screen is dim. Other parts and accessories are work well. How can I back My Screen brightness, { Brightness Control is not work for me at the setting }

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      Shambles 6 years ago

      After dropping my phone in the toilet for a couple of seconds, the homebutton wont work. Been in rice 5days, still no luck. Anyone got any suggestions or solutions or reliable repair places in the UK?

      Thanks

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      PyrrhicVictory 6 years ago

      Put the iPhone 3GS through five minutes worth of a washing cycle. Ouch!

      The advice about NOT TURNING IT ON! is pretty redundant when it's still on, so I pressed off and home to turn it off immediately. A screen glitch as it turned off was a worry.

      I took out the sim, shook water out until there was no more, and put it in front of a blow heater for an hour.

      Now, I happened to have a bag of moisture-absorbing crystals at home, so I put it in a sock with the ends cut off and dropped it in the bag.

      Two days of turning it over and fretting like a madman, it seems to only have a glitch or two.

      I charged it, synched it, gave it a couple of hard reboots, and apart from a splotch on the screen and a baffling issue with auto-punctuation in texts, it seems fine!

      Try the rice, but if you have crystals (and you can cover the holes with something porous) I suspect that would be more effective.

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      yehdard 6 years ago

      I dropped my iphone in a 1 meter deep hole/puddle while riding today and was in there for about 5 seconds, I dried it immediately but was a fair way away from home so as soon as I got home I researched and found this... Not much was wrong with it at all and I was quite glad about that, there was water in the charging input so I just used a blow-dryer to get that out and then noticed after reading this people had problems with their speakers so I tested mine and it would cut out a bit and sound like the person I was talking to was stuttering and then would just cut out, and also there was alot of condensation in the camera but after 5hours in a sealed bag of rice it was all gone...

      I am also going to put the iphone in a bag of rice for atleast 2 days to make sure any more moisture gets absorbed from the phone, which is what EVERYONE should do.

      Cheers for this post

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      apple92 6 years ago

      hello, today after i was on the tread mill, i was holding my water bottle annd my phone (water bottle without cap) leant down and water spilt on my phone ONLY a tiny abit minimial amount it was not drowned it water, I immediately dried it and then rrealised the sound was not working. So I searched up and saw your post removed my case and there was water on the top edge part of my iphone 4, so i wiped that off and took the sim card tray out and blow dried on low heat for abit and once my iphone started getting warm i stopped blow drying and then turned my phone on again. The sound worked! I was thrilled but do you recommend to put it in a bag of rice still eventhough the water was only a tiny bit on the phone not going inside i dont think. I hope you can reply as soon as possible!

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      applefreak 6 years ago

      i dropped my ipod touch 2g in th toilet 8 mounths ago the ipod turns on but when you try to slide the arrow to unlock the screen dosnt respond what should i do